Konikoff Periodontics Performs Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk
Gum recession breakthrough treatment also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation and Lunchtime Gum Lift
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S., is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession.
This procedure is performed by making a small hole with a needle in the gum tissue. Using specially designed instruments, the gum tissue is loosened and guided over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no incision or suturing, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement.
To learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique, please contact our office. Serving the Following Locations: Virginia Beach,VA • Chesapeake,VA • Suffolk, VA • Norfolk, VA • Newport News, VA • Smithfield, VA • Hampton, VA • Franklin, VA • Isle of Wight, VA • Moyoc, NC • Nags Head, NC • Elizabeth City, NC
Before & After Gallery
In the News
Frequently Asked Questions
What is gum recession?
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.
Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.
What is Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is scalpel and suture free.
All of the tools and techniques used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique were created by Dr. John Chao.
How does Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique differ from traditional gum grafting?
Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed. While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
How is Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique performed?
During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient's existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure. There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.
What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?
The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:
- Less Discomfort for the patient after treatment.
- Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting.
- No need for uncomfortable sutures.
- No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools.
- No need to take donor tissue from the patients palate.
- Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results.
Meet Our Doctors
Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentists
Dr. Albert B. Konikoff
Dr. Albert Konikoff was born in Buffalo, N.Y. but grew up in Tidewater. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1969 and then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1973. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received his Certificate in Periodontics in 1975. Following that Dr. Konikoff moved back to the Tidewater area where he has maintained his practice of periodontics.
During this time Dr. Konikoff has been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, the Medical College of Virginia Dental School, and the Dental Hygiene Department of Old Dominion University. He is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology and the Virginia Society of Periodontology and is a past President of the Virginia Society of Periodontology. Dr. Konikoff is a member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association and the Tidewater Dental Association.
He and his wife Wendy, lives in Hampton Roads and are the proud parents of two sons. Dr. Konikoff focuses on the periodontal plastic surgical, reconstructive and dental implant aspects of periodontal therapy.
Dr. Bryan M. Konikoff
Dr. Bryan Konikoff was born and raised in Virginia Beach. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1999 and then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in 2003. He then received his Masters in Periodontics in 2006 at the same institution. Dr. Konikoff is currently an active member in several organizations including the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, the Tidewater Dental Association, and is a co-founding member of the Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning study club.
Dr. Konikoff was published in the April 2007 issue of the Journal of Periodontology for his work on the need for esthetic crown lengthening. He practices all aspects of periodontics from traditional surgical and non-surgical therapies, to periodontal plastic surgery. He performs all surgical phases of dental implant treatments including teeth extractions, immediate placement, bone grafting, and full mouth reconstructions. He and his wife Jan live in Virginia Beach with their children Ethan and Macie. He enjoys working out, playing golf and spending quality time with his family and friends.
Request an Appointment
Send us an e-mail and we will contact you shortly!
477 Viking Drive, Suite 190
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
1230 Progressive Dr. Suite 104
Chesapeake, VA 23320
1510 Breezeport Way Suite 500
Suffolk, VA 23435
Give us a Call